Florida Replaces Gerrymandered Congressional Maps With Nearly Identical Gerrymandered Maps | ThinkProgress

Ever have one of those days where the chaos around you keeps you from focusing?  That is my day!

Today I am pressing articles that I have found and well I am too lazy to turn them into a post (honesty)…..there has been a wealth of accusations of the different GOP organizations that are trying to pick their voters and gerrymandering has been one of the tools used to gain unfair advantage at the polls……

Florida was recently told to redraw their maps….and this is what they came up with in their attempt….

 

Florida Replaces Gerrymandered Congressional Maps With Nearly Identical Gerrymandered Maps | ThinkProgress.

 

And the courts in Florida accepted the re-draw…….go figure.

Thank You, Anonymous

All eyes are on Ferguson, Missouri……..the daily news is not too good…….protestors are being bold and SWAT is being vicious…… since the shooting death of Mike Brown the police in Ferguson have been tight lipped about the series of events that lead to the death of the young man……the collective known as Anonymous have released the police communications call which so far the city has not wanted to release….

So if you are asking how this situation came to this….then you may want to read this…….

(Newser) – St. Louis County police haven’t released audio regarding the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, but the hacker collective Anonymous took care of that today, reports Mashable. The lengthy file released on YouTube shows the progression of events after an officer shot the unarmed teen in the suburb of Ferguson. As Mother Jones notes, the first hint of trouble comes more than nine minutes into the recording, with the dispatcher making a request for crowd control. But the circumstances were still unclear as to why at that point. Some excerpts, with the bold referring to the time of the audio recording:

  • 9:35: “Ferguson is asking for assistance with crowd control …”
  • 10:58: “Now they have a large group gathering there, she doesn’t know any further …”
  • 11:20: “We just got another call stating it was an officer-involved shooting. … Be advised, this information came from the news ,,,
  • 21:55: “They are requesting more cars. Do you want me to send more of your cars?”
  • 43:55: “Attention all cars, be advised that in reference to the call 2947 Canfield Drive, we are switching over to the riot channel at this time …”

Police say they are aware of the audio and are investigating how it became public. Anonymous is also trying to identify the officer involved, reports the New York Daily News. Ferguson’s police chief has balked at doing that so far because the six-year veteran has gotten death threats. (The FBI has launched an investigation into the shooting.)

In case you are interested there is a Livestream of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri………

Livestream:

I have one question…..why do cops need camo?

A Win In Mississippi?

From time to time I will write about situations in my state, Mississippi…….it has always been a poor state and in my opinion it is poor for one reason and one reason only……conservative politics.

Awhile back Mississippians voted down the personhood BS of the GOP….that was a win and then the ultra-conservs set about making it impossible for any abortion clinics to remain open by using a tactic of “emitting privileges”……it worked along with some “standards” that are not required by any other medical clinic….again trying desperately to close the one remaining abortion clinic in the state……but with all this effort by the conservs someone crapped on their parade…….

(Newser) – A law that would have forced the only abortion clinic in Mississippi to close appears doomed after a federal court ruled against it once again. An appeals court panel decided 2-1 that State House Bill 1390, which requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, would shift Mississippi’s constitutional obligations onto other states by forcing the Jackson clinic to close, CNN reports. “Pre-viability, a woman has the constitutional right to end her pregnancy by abortion,” but the law “effectively extinguishes that right within Mississippi’s borders,” the judges wrote.

The court didn’t strike down the law itself, but “I think the way they ruled on those arguments essentially dooms the law,” a constitutional law expert tells Jackson’s Clarion-Ledger. He describes the ruling as a huge victory for the Jackson clinic, where doctors had been denied admitting privileges by all seven hospitals within a 30-minute drive. Gov. Phil Bryant—who said he wanted the state to be “abortion-free” when he signed the bill into law—says he’s disappointed by the ruling and wants the case to go in front of the entire court instead of a “divided panel of judges.” A similar law goes into effect in Louisiana on Sept. 1, and legal experts believe it won’t face the same issues as the Mississippi law because at least one of the state’s five abortion clinics will be able to remain open, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

But never fear…..the Right is NOT finished…..I am sure they will find yet another BS issue to use to try and close that one remaining clinic…..but for now…..it is a victory for choice.

Just Like A Novel

As most of my readers know I live in Mississippi….on the Coast which is a bit more progressive than the rest of the most conservative state in the country……I seldom write about the political life of the state because it is just too predictable to be interesting……but recently it became a nationwide story……..I am talking about the runn0off election for us Senator between the incumbent Cochran and the Tea Party brainless McDaniel…..

In case you missed it….it was about as nasty as two rednecks can get…….accusations, blackmail, break-ins, and voter fraud (well this one is just McDaniel whining over a lost to Cochran)….but there has been a development that would be perfect for a novel…….

Mark Mayfield, a Tea Party official and member of the board of directors for the Central Mississippi Tea Party, was found dead in an apparent suicide Friday morning, TPM reports.

Mayfield was arrested in May and charged with conspiracy after he allegedly directed a political blogger to break into a nursing home in order to photograph Cochran’s ailing wife. The photo was apparently planned to be used in an anti-Cochran video.

Mayfield’s case was scheduled to be held before a grand jury in July.

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Just like a true pundit I first thought of a conspiracy…..he was killed to make sure he did not testify about who ordered the break-in at the hospital where Cochran’s wife is being treated…….I find it hard to believe that this guy was so upset with a McDaniel loss that he had of oft himself……..his day in court he would have been asked pertinent questions and he would have had to place his hand on a Bible and “to tell the truth nothing but the truth so help you god”.  Mississippi is also the most religious state in the country and maybe Mayfield could not lie after his ‘swearing in”…….

Or could another operative have made sure that this person would keep his mouth shut…..shame this will not start a trend….we could be so much better off…..

You guys reading the news…..whatcha you think?

Something To Look Forward To!

There are many things things that we voters have to look forward to…..like all the gun laws that allow guns in bars and churches and………but there are some things that are just to moronic for words…….speaking of moronic……Oklahoma comes to mind……..

They have a couple of laws being considered that even the moronic would find moronic……

In response to a federal court ruling that Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional discrimination, a state lawmaker says he wants to skirt the equal protection argument by banning all marriages in the state.

“[My constituents are] willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all,” Rep. Mike Turner (R) told News 9. He said the idea has the backing of other conservative lawmakers, and could be achieved through a shell bill he filed in the state legislature, intended to adapt to any court rulings on same-sex marriage.

Oklahoma tried a similar tactic in November to avoid granting military benefits to same-sex spouses, by stopping spousal benefits for all married couples at state National Guard facilities. But the state remained in technical compliance because couples could obtain National Guard IDs from federal facilities in the state.

But wait!  Would that not make couples living together for procreation be living in sin?

It’s not over…..if you live in Oklahoma and are considering trying to lower your electric bill…..the state has a deal for you……..

“Paul Monies reports at NewsOK that Oklahoma’s legislature has passed a bill that allows regulated utilities to apply to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to charge a higher base rate to customers who generate solar and wind energy and send their excess power back into the grid reversing a 1977 law that forbade utilities to charge extra to solar users. ‘Renewable energy fed back into the grid is ultimately doing utility companies a service,’ says John Aziz. ‘Solar generates in the daytime, when demand for electricity is highest, thereby alleviating pressure during peak demand.’

The bill was staunchly opposed by renewable energy advocates, environmental groups and the conservative group TUSK, but had the support of Oklahoma’s major utilities. “Representatives of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma said the surcharge is needed to recover some of the infrastructure costs to send excess electricity safely from distributed generation back to the grid,” the Oklahoman reported.

“We’re not anti-solar or anti-wind or trying to slow this down, we’re just trying to keep it fair,” Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman Kathleen O’Shea told the Oklahoman. “We’ve been studying this trend. We know it’s coming, and we want to get ahead of it.”

Gee….our society is just getting so…..so…..so…..PETTY!

What Can I Say? It’s Mississippi!

I am a long time resident of Mississippi and I have written many articles about the state of the state and the state of the government……Mississippi is the most obese state, the most religious, the most conservative, and a whole list of other factors…….most of them have nothing to do with prosperity…..and the legislature is seldom concerned with the betterment of the citizens….most of it is all about keeping the people down and out…..an easy force to control……..

Now the 2014 legislature has ended its run for the roses……and here is what some think of the session……………..

As the state continues to prepare for a myriad of new laws and reforms, legislators are taking the time to reflect on the 2014 legislative session. Republican Representative Andy Gipson of Braxton says he believes Mississippi made great strides this session.
“We passed some phenomenal legislation.” said Gipson. The criminal justice reforms, the 20-week abortion ban, Religious Freedom Restoration Act– that’s not discriminatory. It does protect people’s religious freedom Mississippi. Plus, we refilled the rainy day fund.”
Landmark decisions huh?  Does any of the “monumental” laws say that the people will be better off?  A typical Mississippi law making session…..nothing to improve the quality of life within the state.
Although the majority of Americans errantly believe the United States Constitution is the unchallenged law of the land, a substantial number of Christian fundamentalists still adhere to, and are enforcing, their firm belief that their almighty god directed the Founding Fathers to create a Christian nation and wrote a set of laws they would call “The Constitution of the United States.” In the Christian version of god’s Constitution, equal rights are an abomination on par with biblical god’s abhorrence of homosexuality, and religious freedom is Christian’s biblical right to subjugate the population under a Christian theocracy. Over the past five years, Americans have learned that, along with Republicans and teabaggers, the religious right hates the U.S. Constitution as much as they despise America’s African American President, gays, women, and Americans rejecting the Christian bible as law of the land, and the proof is another Republican-controlled state passing and the Republican governor signing into law, a religious edict voiding the 14th and 1st Amendment to make the Christian bible the law of the land in Mississippi.
Last week while Americans deluded that the religious right anti-gay movement is in its death throes celebrated the country’s entrance into the 21st Century as an all-inclusive nation, Mississippi Republicans passed an anti-gay “religious freedom” law. Religious right activists celebrated Mississippi’s biblical law as empowering businesses to reject the Constitution and enforce biblical law discriminating against same-sex couples in the name of Christianity, and shortly after Governor Phil Bryant signed the scriptural edict into law, head of the Family Research Center, Tony Perkins, issued a statement saying as much. The leading prospect to head a Supreme Christian Council to rule theocratic America said, “Whether it’s someone like Pastor Telsa DeBerry who was hindered by the Holly Springs city government from building a new church in the downtown area, or a wedding vendor, whose orthodox Christian faith will not allow her to affirm same-sex marriage,” the religious edict will “prevent government from discriminating against religious exercise.”
Yeah, all that concern for religious freedom and Mississippians are still living in the 19th century…….as long as they keep letting these types run the state there s NO way forward for the state……we will forever be stuck in the 19th century.
And then there are the elections in Mississippi…..still the worst………

In 2012, life in Mississippi might have gotten better, but it’s still the worst state in the country for elections, according to a new survey from Pew Charitable Trusts.

Pew creates a composite “Elections Performance Index” based on 17 factors (some of which include voting-wait time, turnout, registration rate, the robustness of the state’s election data, availability of online voting information, and use of provisional ballots). Read the full list of criteria here. Taken together, they provide a ground to compare states, which have varying election laws and practices.

Check out Pew’s complete interactive comparing the states here.

 

We can pretend that Mississippi has changed but reality is….not much since the 1950’s…….it is still, in my mind, a cultural wasteland………